Frequently Asked Questions

General

Who are the BABSSCo Activities Staff?

Some of the staff are regular teachers at the schools themselves and some are students who recently attended our schools full time. Some are former BABSSCo students that enjoyed our courses so much in the past they have now become staff members themselves!

Where relevant sporting and other activities are instructed by qualified professional coaches.

The Activities Staff supervise and instruct students in sports and other activities and encourage them to learn new skills. They go on excursions with students and join in the evening social programme. Some staff members are resident and stay in the boarding houses to look after the children in the evenings and at night.


What happens on the day I arrive in the UK?

If you are arriving by plane, our staff meet you at the airport (see below for full details). They take you to the school where your course is taking place. For more information on transfers, please click here

 

What happens when I arrive at the school?

We welcome you and, after registration, we show you to your boarding house. You have time to unpack, to take a shower or rest. We make sure that you have something to eat. We help you to call your parent/guardian to say that you have arrived safely.

Please note that rooms may not be available until mid-afternoon.

When does the English language programme start?

The day after you arrive your English is assessed. You are then placed in a suitable class and your lessons begin.

What happens to my pocket money and travel documents?

Your passport, pocket money and tickets and any other valuables are collected on the day you arrive and looked after by us until you leave. You do not need money for programmed activities but it is a good idea to bring some pocket money to buy sweets, ice-creams and souvenirs. As a guideline, we suggest £100 per week. Students are asked before excursions if they need to withdraw additional pocket money.

Our insurance policy covers for loss of cash of up to £250 only. We strongly recommend that parents purchase a pre-paid debit or credit card for use in the UK. Parents can increase this if extra pocket money is required.

Please note we cannot lend money to students under any circumstances

Can I bring my laptop and expensive camera?

It is best not to bring valuables such as expensive cameras, jewellery or laptops etc as they are not needed during the course. 

Please note we cannot issue students with keys to their individual bedrooms for reasons of personal safety but most rooms do have lockable cupboards.

Where do students live and sleep?

In boarding houses at the school. Boys and girls are accommodated in separate areas or Houses. There are members of staff in the House in the evenings and during the night. The House is securely locked at all times and only the BABSSCo students and staff have access.

The accommodation is standard to UK boarding schools. The Houses have single, twin or triple study bedrooms. We will, where possible, take your rooming requests into consideration but we cannot guarantee to be able to fulfil them. 

What clothes should my child bring and what about laundry?

Casual clothes for everyday wear

Warm jumpers

Something to wear at a party

Walking shoes

A warm coat (to protect from the rain)

A dressing gown

One bath towel and one swimming towel

Toiletries (shampoo, body wash, toothpaste, toothbrush etc)

Swimwear

Sportswear and sports shoes

An alarm clock

European Students: European Health Insurance Card (EHIC)

Some activities may include getting very wet and dirty so you must bring some old clothes and a pair of trainers.

 

Please refer to student handbook for clothing requirements for the golf, tennis and dramatic arts courses.

What about meals?

You eat most of your meals in the school dining hall. Both salad and hot food are provided at lunchtime. Water is provided with meals and soft drinks machines are available at most schools.

Packed lunches are provided for excursions. Sometimes we pay for you to have a meal in a café or restaurant.

Drinks and biscuits are generally available in the lesson breaks.

What about special diets?

Please tell us at the time of application if you have any special dietary requirements.

What about the safety and welfare of students on the BABSSCo courses?

The course staff accompany you at all times. On excursions, if you are 12 years old or over, we allow you to go shopping unsupervised in nearby areas but only if you are with other students. We must be told in writing by your parent/guardian if they do not want you to do this. Students aged 11 or under are not allowed to go shopping without a member of staff.

Can I send emails and use the internet?

Yes. You have regular access to the computer facilities (except at Heathfield School). The BABSSCo schools' computers have a filter system to safeguard students from accessing inappropriate internet sites. Some sites also have student Wi-Fi. 

Can I follow my normal religious practices while I am on the course?

Yes. Please tell us at the time of application if you want to attend a place of worship and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Can I have visitors during the course?

Yes. They must arrange it with the BABSSCo Course Office in advance to make sure that you do not miss important classes or activities.

Can my parent/guardian/friend take me out during the course?

Yes. We must have advance permission in writing from your parent or guardian. The individual picking you up must also show photographic ID when collecting you. 

What happens on the departure day?

This is a very busy day as students will be leaving at different times. The course staff continue to take care of you and make sure you have all meals until it is time to leave. If you are leaving by plane, our staff help you check in and stay with you until you have gone through into the departure lounge. It is essential that we are informed on the student travel details form if the student has been booked as an Unaccompanied Minor with the airline that they are travelling with.

Can my child go shopping alone?

We encourage and actively ensure all students go shopping in groups. Students under the age of 12 are not permitted to go shopping unsupervised at any time. 

What medical care is there?

All sites have medical backup either in the form of trained first aiders, or on site nurses. You should declare any medical conditions in advance so we can give you the best possible care while you are here. 

What excursions will there be?

Each course has a different schedule so may go on different excursions. To view our latest schedules, please click here

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